Legal theory asks students to think about a range of broader questions about law itself. Those questions may relate to the nature of law and what it means to study or practise law, and what professors do when they study law. Other important questions are about how law relates to other ideas like morality, power, judgment and justice, or institutions like parliament, the ‘people’ and government. Still others relate to major schools of legal thought: positivism, natural law, realism and critical legal theory. This unit explores these topics through a range of readings, classroom discussions and written and oral assessment tasks. It aims to give students a deeper appreciation of the complexities of law, its justifications, how it has changed over time, and how it may change into the future. These are invaluable skills for students, practitioners, judges and scholars alike.
|Unit name||Legal Theory|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Law
|Coordinator||Doctor Yvette Maker|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
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- Describe, understand and critically reflect upon the key debates about the formation and operation of law
- Describe, understand and critically reflect upon major theories of law
- Critically apply theories of law in analysing legal policy issues in the modern context
- Prepare and present cogent arguments regarding the theoretical basis of law orally and in writing
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Prerequisites50 credit points of Introductory Law core or (LAW121 and LAW122)
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:LAW453
Weekly Online Lecture (pre-recorded short video) (1 hour)
On campus (Hobart):
Weekly Seminar (2 hours)
|Assessment||Podcast (20%)|Reading Diary (30%)|Critical Writing Task (50%)|
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